Colombia severed relations with Israel
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Colombia severed relations with Israel

(Dan Tri) – President Gustavo Petro announced that Colombia will cut off diplomatic relations with Israel amid the escalating conflict in the Gaza Strip.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro spoke in Bogota, Colombia on May 1 (Photo: Reuters).

`Tomorrow (May 2), (Colombia’s) diplomatic relations with the state of Israel will be severed because this country has leaders who commit genocide,` Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced at a rally on the occasion of Israel’s Day.

President Petro’s statement referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mr. Petro is a harsh critic of Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip after Hamas’s unprecedented attack on southern Israel on October 7, 2023.

According to Israeli data, the Hamas attack left about 1,170 people dead, mostly civilians.

Gaza health authorities confirmed that Israel’s retaliatory military campaign has killed at least 34,568 people in Gaza, mainly women and children.

President Petro told thousands of supporters that the world cannot accept `genocide`.

`If Palestinians die, humanity will no longer exist,` Mr. Petro said to the applause of the crowd.

Israel responded by criticizing President Petro as `anti-Semitic and hateful`, saying the Colombian leader’s stance was like giving a reward to Hamas.

Colombia joined Bolivia, Belize and South Africa in cutting ties with Israel.

In October, days after the conflict in Gaza began, Israel announced a `temporary suspension of security equipment exports` to Colombia after President Petro accused Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant of using abusive language.

Israel at the time accused President Petro of `expressing support for serious actions committed by Hamas, promoting anti-Semitism` and summoned the Colombian ambassador.

In February, Mr. Petro suspended Israeli arms purchases after dozens of people died in a scramble for food aid in the Gaza Strip.

Some media channels reported that the International Criminal Court (ICC) may issue an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and other high-ranking military officers.

The ICC has opened an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by the Israeli military and Palestinian armed groups in the West Bank and Gaza since 2021. The investigation covers events since 2014. The court is located

Israel is worried that an arrest warrant will be issued by the ICC based on the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, when countries accuse Israel of violating international law and the Geneva Conventions.

Israel is not a member of the ICC and does not recognize its jurisdiction.

The ICC, headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, is the only permanent international court in the world with the power to prosecute individuals accused of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

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